He's cute, but is he potty trained?by Morieka Johnson, Mother Nature Network
As a puppy, my dog Lulu was a frisky ball of action. I spent hours watching her go from one adventure to another. Looking back on those days, we probably should have spent less time roaming the toy aisles and more time on puppy training. A lifetime of good behavior begins during those early days. With consistency and a little patience, experts say that training a puppy may actually be easier than teaching a toddler to eat spaghetti with a fork.
But where do you begin?
Certified dog behavior consultant Chris Redenbach spends most of her days helping people and pets. She offers tips to start things off on the right paw with your puppy.
Manage the environment - and your expectations
Redenbach says that most clients seek tools to stop bad behavior. The No. 1 complaint involves poor potty training habits, followed by requests to prevent jumping or destroying household items. Puppies biting at hands, feet and clothing also rank high on the list
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He's cute, but is he potty trained?by Morieka Johnson, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from The Best Ways to Potty Train a Puppy
Earwax problems can start when you're still a babyby Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Why Do We Have Earwax?
Ah, the age-old question. I was waiting for this one. I actually pondered this question myself many a night trying to get the wax out of my son's ear while he slept. I know what you're thinking. I'm a sneaky mommy. Well, I can't argue there. I also cut his nails, trim his hair, and feed him vegetables while he sleeps (kidding about that last one). But you would too if your child screamed and ran from you every time you tried going near his ears.
But I digress …
The truth is that earwax - called cerumen by medical professionals - is actually a protectant for our ears and isn't all bad. In fact, it's pretty darn good. You see, earwax serves a very important purpose: to lubricate and protect the ear from outside intruders, such as dirt, debris or worse (like roaches). Without earwax, our ears would not only itch like crazy, but also put our inner ear and our brain at serious peril. Imagine earwax as the castle guards, if you will.
What should kids drink after exercise?by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Are Sports Drinks Safe for Kids?
I asked myself this one awhile back when the only way I could get my 3-year-old to his soccer game was if I bribed him with an orange Gatorade at the game. (Granted, if I have to bribe my 3-year-old to play soccer, I probably shouldn't have signed him up, but how was I supposed to know?) As other parents (judgingly) gazed on, he downed the whole Gatorade in one fell swoop - and had to leave the game to pee moments later. But I couldn't help wondering, rather guiltily, if all that Gatorade was too much for my little man.
So what's the deal? First let's clarify the difference between sports drinks and another popular beverage among teens - energy drinks. Energy drinks, like sports drinks, have a ton of sugar. The major difference? Caffeine content. These drinks, though consumed by many teens, are considered to be dangerous for this age group, particularly because of the caffeine levels, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. High
Is your kid being bullied?For any parent, that first day of sending your child off to school can be positively nerve-wracking. Will my child make friends? Will he do OK in school? What will he do without me all day? And most kids do adapt to school well - falling into a normal and healthy school routine mere weeks after starting school for the first time. But for some, school can turn into a frightening place.Read More »from How to Tell If Your Child is Being Bullied
Years ago, it was thought that teasing was just a natural part of growing up. But over the past few decades, we have realized that teasing can have lasting effects, and if teasing turns into full-on bullying, the effects can be much worse. So how do you know if your child has become a victim of bullying? Here are some signs to look out for:
1. Is your child suddenly coming home from school very hungry? Often, bullies will take a child's lunch or his lunch money. Is he missing items, such as school supplies or clothing, with no explanation? Sometimes bullies will take these items as a means of
Actor Warwick Davis from such hit films as 'Willow', 'Return of the Jedi', and 'Harry Potter'.by Benyamin Cohen, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from A Conference for 2,100 Dwarves? Find Out Why
The crowd of 2,100 dwarves in the lobby of Washington's Marriott Wardman Park hotel stops most visitors in their tracks.
There are old dwarves. Young dwarves. Hipster dwarves. There are Asian dwarves. Sporty dwarves. Punk dwarves. Bald dwarves. Surfer-dude dwarves. Country dwarves. Papa dwarves. Mama dwarves. Dwarf couples. Vacationing dwarves. Dwarves in sun dresses. Dwarves in skinny jeans. Dwarves in swimsuits. Dwarves in hip-hop wear. Latte-sipping dwarves. Dwarves who forgot their badges and can't get into the event. Scooter-racing dwarves. Texting dwarves.
And then there's veryone else. Gulliver-sized giants who find themselves lost among the Lilliputians.
"I bet you didn't expect to see this many little people," one dwarf says in a crowded elevator to no one in particular.
The scene is a little disconcerting. It's hard to tell if someone is 15 or 35 years old. But then you see one of them holding a Corona Light and you soon figure it
This teen doesn't look happy. But that can change.by Jenni Grover MS RD LDN, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from How to Get Teens to Eat Healthy Food
Parenting teenagers can be a tricky business. Your babies are growing up, they are forming opinions of their own and they are learning how to make decisions and navigate the world around them.
It's important to give them the leeway to do just that. But giving them more freedoms and responsibilities does not mean letting go of all rules or relinquishing our role as their guide. This holds true on important topics ranging from relationships to money to appropriate behavior. And it definitely holds true when it comes to healthy eating.
The habits and tastes that your teen is busy exploring now will shape how they relate to food for years to come. That doesn't mean their tastes won't change (I was somewhat of a junk food vegetarian as a teen, and now I am a registered dietitian), but by providing some careful pointers and subtle incentives, you can help tip the scales in favor of a balanced, life-affirming relationship with food. Here
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Are there benefits to sweets? A registered dietitian responds.by Jenni Grover MS RD LDN, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Kids Have a Sweet Tooth -- but That's Not a Bad Thing
It's no secret that children like sweet things. If I give my daughters a cookie, or an ice cream, it's like Christmas come early. They get excited. They scarf it down. And sooner or later they demand more.
Now that reaction is partially because we don't eat all that much processed foods or high-sugar sweets in our house. And partially, it's because children are quite simply hardwired to prefer more intense, sweet flavors than older teens and adults are.
I wrote about this topic a while back on Parentables, discussing the science behind children's biological cravings for sweet treats.
Because growing children have considerably higher calorific needs relative to body weight, and because calories may have been hard to come by during long periods of our evolutionary history, researchers have suggested children with a taste for sweet foods would have had an advantage over those that preferred blander fair. And that advantage, over time,
This baby looks contentBreast-feeding is a wonderful gift you can give your baby. And while you should always maintain a balanced diet, what you eat while you're a nursing mom is especially important since the foods you eat are nourishing your baby as well.Read More »from Should Breast-feeding Moms Avoid Certain Foods?
So what should you avoid while breast-feeding? "There are no foods that mothers ought to avoid while breast-feeding," says Dr. Nancy Brent, noted pediatrician, lactation consultant and medical director at the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh. "In fact, most mothers can eat anything they want while breast-feeding. However, if your baby is fussy and you're noticing other unusual gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloody or mucus-y stools, try cutting out dairy and then soy."
If you eat something and notice that two feedings later (about the time for that food to enter your breast milk) your baby is especially fussy, you might try cutting out that food and seeing how your baby responds. "Then, after two weeks, gradually add that food back into your diet and
There's a reason why a mosquito makes you itchNow that I live in Florida and the mosquitoes are practically feasting on me every day, this is a question that I ponder now more than ever.Read More »from Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
First of all, only female mosquitoes bite. Furthermore, when a female mosquito bites you, she is actually not biting you at all. What happens is this: Her large needle-like mouth part, called a proboscis, probes your skin when she lands on you looking for a blood vessel. When she finds one, she sucks out some blood, leaving behind a little of her saliva, which acts as an anticoagulant as she is sucking up your blood and allows her to feast more efficiently. Our body has a natural immune response to the foreign mosquito saliva and creates histamines, thereby causing the skin around the bite to itch.
A mosquito bite doesn't always itch right away. Sometimes it can take a couple of hours to notice you've been bitten. Interestingly, some people have been bitten so much that they have developed an immunity to the bug bites - meaning they have no
This dog looks happyFor the first time in more than four decades, a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, and as cannabis has become more widely accepted, so have its potential uses - including giving it to pets.Read More »from Is Medical Marijuana Safe for Pets?
Search the Web and you'll find a wealth of anecdotal evidence from pet owners about how cannabis improved the lives of their sick and dying furry companions. But it wasn't until Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer spoke out on the issue earlier this year that the issue of pets and marijuana gained national attention.
"I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn't doing everything I could to make their lives better," he told The Associated Press. "I felt like I was letting them down."
Kramer hadn't given much thought to marijuana's potential to help animals until his Siberian husky, Nikita, developed terminal cancer.
"Nikita was wasting away, and she'd stopped eating," he says in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "I'd exhausted every available